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Economic Impact Study

You are being invited to take part in a research study titled "The Economic Impact of Rock Climbing Destinations in the Colorado Springs, Cañon City, and South Platte Region."


For this study, we will focus on some specific climbing areas in Colorado near Colorado Springs, Cañon City, and South Platte region including Buffalo Creek, Cathedral Spires Area, Devil's Head, Elevenmile Canyon, Goose Creek/Molly Gulch Campground, Rampart Range Road, Staunton State Park, West Creek, and the other smaller crags in the area.


The person in charge of this study is Dr. James N. Maples, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Eastern Kentucky University. His email is and his phone number is (859) 622-1389. Dr. Michael Bradley (Arkansas Tech University) will also be assisting on this study.




Colorado Springs, Colorado - The Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance (PPCA) is conducting an economic impact study of the climbing industry in the Pikes Peak Region, and is seeking community input to help inform the study's findings. The study will analyze the direct and indirect economic contributions of climbers to the local economy, including the impact on jobs, tax revenue, and overall economic growth.


"Climbers are an important contributor to the local economy, and we want to ensure that we have a comprehensive understanding of its impact," said PPCA Secretary Josephine Sterr. "By gathering climber input from Colorado and beyond, we can ensure that the study accurately reflects the experiences of climbers."


The survey is open to all climbers that have climbed in the Pikes Peak Region. The survey can be accessed at and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. All responses will remain anonymous.


"We encourage all those that climb in this region to take the survey and share their experiences with us," said Sterr. "By working together, we can better understand the economic impact of the climbing industry and ensure that it continues to thrive in the Pikes Peak Region."


The survey will be open until May 23, 2023. The results of the economic impact study will be shared with the community in the coming months.

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